The Coalition reacts to the lower Snake River draft EIS

The NW Energy Coalition offered the following statement in response to the recent release of the Columbia River System Operations draft EIS. The Columbia River System Operations draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) offers a clean energy replacement portfolio, which confirms the primary finding of the NW Energy Coalition’s 2018 Lower Snake River Dams Power Replacement Study, that clean, renewable…

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A simple choice to save salmon and orcas

In a recent letter to the editor of Orcas Issues News & Views, Lopez Island resident, Michael Karp, said of removing four lower Snake River dams, “. . . orcas here in the Salish Sea would have the best overall chance of survival by benefitting from the increases of endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead…

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What will it take to restore salmon and save orca whales?

Simpson says region must ask “what if?” lower Snake River dams are removed Will Washington legislature follow suit? BOISE, IDAHO — Republican Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho energized a conference audience in Boise on Tuesday by declaring the need for the Northwest to explore the implications of removing four lower Snake River dams in order…

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The need for lower Snake River dam stakeholder forum

The Seattle Times has published an op-ed titled, “Restore the Snake River? Stakeholder talks are the right next step”  by Sam Mace of Coalition member Save Our wild Salmon.  Sam makes the case for state funding for a proposed lower Snake River dam stakeholder forum.  The forum would give Washington communities a voice in examining the…

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Fall 2018 Clean & Affordable Energy Conference Digest

On November 15, the NW Energy Coalition hosted its fall Clean & Affordable Energy Conference.  The conference attracted over 180 attendees who participated in panel discussions and presentations on utility decarbonization, the role new storage technologies will play in transitioning the Northwest electric system, the health, comfort, and productivity benefits that energy efficient buildings provide…

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I-1631: The people did it before and we’ll do it again!

I-1631, the clean air and clean energy measure, is critical for addressing climate change. Yet, a lot of loud voices are claiming the proposed carbon fee on fossil fuel polluters won’t do have much effect and costs will be passed through to customers. But, if they believe that, then why are the polluters — big…

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The Lower Snake River Dams Power Replacement Study

Reliable and affordable clean energy options that help restore salmon and protect the environment. The study was undertaken to investigate the technical feasibility and cost of replacing the four Lower Snake River Dams with a portfolio of clean and renewable resources that support a reliable and adequate regional power system while minimizing increases to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Dam Replacement Study Reveals New Opportunities

(The following opinion piece by NW Energy Coalition executive director, Nancy Hirsh, was published in the April 21, 2018 edition of the Tri-City Herald.) The NW Energy Coalition has released a new study demonstrating that the ongoing decline in the cost of new wind and solar energy can not only contribute to a cleaner environment,…

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LIHEAP, Weatherization, other programs fully funded.

In addition to the good news that energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental programs avoided cuts and, in many cases, received budget increases in the spending bill signed by  President Trump today, there is more good news. Congress increased by $250 million funding for LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and increased the…

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NW Energy Coalition welcomes BPA 2018-23 Strategic Plan

Yesterday, the Bonneville Power Administration released its 2018-2023 Strategic Plan that lays out the agency’s goals as it works to adapt to an increasingly complex and competitive electricity market. The NW Energy Coalition congratulates BPA for establishing four important overarching goals in the new 5-year plan. They are: Strengthening financial health Modernizing system assets and…

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